Remembering Portland Japantown

“If you don’t know, why don’t you know?” – Chisao Hata 

This short documentary, produced for University of Oregon’s annual Story Arc Workshop, explores memories of Portland Japantown – Nihonmachi – and the thriving Japanese American community in Oregon prior to World War II. Featured are Chisao Hata, an artist, teacher and activist, and Jean Matsumoto, who was incarcerated at the Portland Assembly Center (now known as the Portland Expo Center) and in the Minidoka concentration camp as a child. Matsumoto takes us on a tour of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center and shares her experience.